Richmond-Burton's game at Genoa-Kingston Friday night came down to the very last play, a two-point conversion attempt for G-K. The Cogs ran right down the middle from the 3-yard line to win the game, and snag victory right out of the Rockets' hands.
The Rockets (1-2, 0-1 BNC East) played motivated coming off a loss to Winnebago. R-B put itself in a place to win and made huge improvements from last week.
“I thought the kids competed very well tonight and showed a lot of character,” R-B coach Pat Elder said. “When they went through some adversity, we always responded and made plays, and while it’s not the result we wanted it’s a lot more to build on.”
R-B started off the game exactly how the Rockets wanted to. On their very first possession, Luke Brinkmann took the ball 57 yards for a touchdown. The Rockets also got a 78-yard kickoff return touchdown from Kyle Kirby in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.
They would hold the lead until midway through the fourth quarter, when Genoa-Kingston took over. The Rockets responded immediately going on a 10-play drive that lasted about five minutes and resulted in a touchdown.
The drive included two huge plays; one by Brinkmann, who caught a 26-yard reception after the ball was deflected high in the air and came down right where he happened to be. The other play was the 29-yard touchdown catch by Brad Boelkow from quarterback Danny Rygiel.
“Right off the bat, I was thinking that I needed to set the pace and go, and that’s exactly what we needed to do,” Brinkmann said. “I wish we kept up that pace throughout the game, though, but it is what it is.”
The score sent the game to overtime. The Rockets quickly scored their touchdown. The Cogs proved to be too much on the ground and once again scored a touchdown before setting up for the critical two-point conversion. The Cogs were successful, ending any hopes for the Rockets.
Brinkmann led the team with 81 rushing yards on eight carries. The offense was stalled at times and never really got the passing game going. The defense forced three turnovers in the loss.
“It’s disappointing to come up short, but I’m proud of the way the kids competed out there. It’s very important as we move on with the season,” Elder said.